The Black Jacobins Season was an initiative of the Black Diaspora Visual Arts (BDVA) programme which began as a strategic legacy of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade commemorative year.
Black Jacobins: Negritude in A Post Global 21st Century was a programme that explored the idea of producing a major Caribbean symposium – not as a regional entity like past Caribbean symposia based on island themes and regionality – but as a conceptual theme that links the past with the present. This symposium focused on the legacies and contemporary impact of two major 20th century Figures: the Trinidadian writer and intellectual CLR James and his project The Black Jacobins; and the Martinique poet and intellectual Aime Cesaire.
The catalogue also discusses the 2010 Caribbean Pavilion at the Liverpool Biennial.
The BDVA programme was initiated in 2008 as a collaboration between the National Art Gallery Committee in Barbados and ICF with the aim of strengthening regional and international networks in the arts and creating expanded opportunities for artists, art students, curators, writers and the wider public to engage with contemporary art of the Caribbean and wider diaspora.